Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases are spread by not washing hands with soap and water. The Centers for Disease Control recommends cleaning hands in a specific way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. To date, studies have shown that there is no added health benefit for using soaps containing antibacterial ingredients compared with using plain soap.
The Centers for Disease Control handwashing guidelines were developed based on data from a number of studies. It is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. It is important to follow these steps every single time.
Handwashing with soap removes germs from hands. Handwashing can prevent about 20% of respiratory infections.
The Centers for Disease Control continues to study the Coronavirus data. Updated data reflects that individuals with the virus can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people in close proximity. For example, when someone is speaking, coughing or sneezing.
In light of this new data, the Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing non-medical cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. For example, in grocery stores, medical appointments or pharmacies. Please be mindful that medical masks are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers.
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